Summary

Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger award 2015
Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released?
Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled, and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates, and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life...and not just his own.
©2014 Michael Robotham (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 25-08-14

A compelling story

I pre-ordered this book thinking it would be the next in the series featuring the forensic psychologist Joe O’Loughlin so was surprised when the book turned out to be set in the USA and involve an escapee from high security prison. The early chapters made me think I’d made a mistake in choosing this book as the violence and brutality of escapee Audie Palmer’s prison life. Fortunately, thereafter the book becomes much more intriguing as various agencies try to capture him. A string of interesting and memorable characters are introduced and one is bowled along by the compelling story that gathers pace to end with a surprising but plausible outcome.

Apart from a couple of supernatural interludes which sat awkwardly in the narrative this is a gripping and well-narrated book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By willeen on 03-10-14

Bored to Death

Would you try another book written by Michael Robotham or narrated by John Chancer?

My loyalty lies with Michael Robotham. This book was weak, but I am sure Michael Robotham will deliver again. Unfortunately I am not a fan of the narrator nor this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Robotham again?

I have loved all of Michael Robotham's books. Especially the Joe O'Loughlin series which I have listened to quite a few times! Unfortunately 'Life or Death' was an epic fail for me. I struggle to believe that Michael Robotham had written this. This book has been such a disappointment.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The performance was so 'hammy' and heavy handed. I would cringe every time John Chancer attempted an accent and character's voice.

What character would you cut from Life or Death?

Hard to say. I really disliked the main character Audie Palmer.

Any additional comments?

I never write reviews but I was so disappointed I felt compelled to do so.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 05-11-15

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

Michael Robtham is a genius. I am working my way through everything he's written. He doesn't disappoint !

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ásdís on 14-11-14

Really a great book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book to all that enjoy a good thriller/crimestory with mystery feel to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life or Death?

So many memorable moments in the story, so many big characters.

What does John Chancer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

John Chancer is so very good narrator and brings depth to the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A little bit of both!

Any additional comments?

Just you read this book, you will not regret it.

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